Saturday, August 19, 2017

The testing the MDEQ is conducting is insufficient for many of the households in Flint. Flint residents should be submitting FAUCET samples whenever the MDEQ is sampling the water in Flint.

It is corruption. I thought Michigan courts would be honest, but, I am beginning to believe there are few courts in the country that is honest.

August 19,2017
By Stacey M. Brown

U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara (click here) cast his bigotry into his decision. 

The United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ (click here) reversal of a federal court’s decision in two lawsuits filed by Flint, Michigan residents over the contamination of their drinking water, has emboldened lawyers and their plaintiffs, who said residents of the predominately African-American city still are being billed for dirty water they cannot use.

“The court’s decision means that the trial court’s dismissal of the case was legally incorrect and the appeals court has sent it back,” said Nicholas A. Szokoly, a partner in the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, who represents Flint residents in a class-action suit. “A lot of our case deals with the fact that residents in Flint have been charged three times the national  rate for water because the city is trying to balance their budget and these charges and fees come at the exact time that they couldn’t use the water.”
Szokoly continued: “Not only did [the bills] come during the period in which they were getting contaminated water and having their children poisoned, but the water bills kept coming and they were told not to drink the water by an EPA mandate and they were also told that if they didn’t pay their bill, they’d have a lien placed on their home and face foreclosure. That’s not America.”
In a press release about Flint’s water system, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality said that the latest round of testing showed that 90 percent of the Tier I samples from Flint’s water system were at or below 6 parts per billion (PPB), which is less than half of the 15 PPB federal action level....                     

The Boston Police did a great job.

This is a new paradigm for law enforcement in the USA. It will take a few scuffles to perfect the police intervention. I am pleased they removed the man with a gun. What were they wearing bullet proof vests for?

The police in the USA are quick to assess, adjust and respond to the public's safety. There is no doubt in my mind there will never be another Charlottesville. If the violent individuals decide to try to up their game with more violent means, it is not the police that is responsible for that level of damage and killing. 

For demonstrations, the police are developing methods to allow the freedom the American people are used to while ending any harmful violence.

Friday, August 18, 2017

This is the first time Flint Gulf Club will be hosting the Michigan PGA Professional Championship. I think it is awesome.

The professionals at the club might like to have a meet and greet with young people from Flint. I might inspire the next great golfer.

August 18, 2017
By Eric Woodyard

Flint, MI -- Most of the top golfers in the state (click here) will be in Vehicle City next week.

For the first time ever, Flint Golf Club will host the 96th Michigan PGA Professional Golf Championship from Aug. 21-23.

The tournament serves as the starting point to major championship golf and the state championship for Michigan golf professionals.

The field of 132 professionals is headed by defending champion Scott Hebert - the head golf professional at Traverse City Golf & Country Club -- for a purse of $54,400.

He is an eight-time champion one of 11 former Michigan PGA champions in the field, including 2015 champion Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club and three-time winner Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center....                    
I am pleased to see President Trump standing by his Chief of Staff John Kelly.

American Generals, including Pershing, do not assassinate ANYONE.

"Calley charged for Mai Lai massacre." (click here)

American Generals are civilized men, and hopefully by now women. They have at their disposal a country dedicated to morals in the treatment of human beings that oppose and seek to damage or dominate the USA. Those morals extend to our beginnings. While the Colonial USA used guerilla warfare their methods were conventional. They made sacrifices to build this country, including the fact General George Washington were among his military to know their condition and inspire them to victory.

The core to the USA military are family men and women. That has been the case from the beginning. Ask Paul Revere whom he was alerting?


August 18, 2017
By Alex Horton

...Brian M. Linn, (click here) a history professor at Texas A&M University, did just that nearly two decades ago when he published “Guardians of Empire,” a book on the U.S. military presence in Asia from 1902 to 1940.

His verdict on Trump’s claim?

“There is absolutely no evidence this occurred,” he told The Washington Post.

“It’s a made-up story. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times people say this isn’t true. No one can say where or when this occurred.”

But Trump’s claims, and the wider belief in a routinely debunked story, has far-reaching effects. Not only is the story untrue, but the convenient twist — of an insurgency defeated only with the use of brutal war tactics — points to precisely the opposite lessons Pershing and his troops learned in the Philippines campaign from 1899 to 1913, Linn said.

“The U.S. military learned escalating counterterrorism was not effective, and they took great steps, including Pershing, to de-escalate,” Linn said....
There is a difference between Barcelona and Charlottesville. Barcelona terrorists didn't have guns. Their bomb maker was most probably dead, but, they had no guns. The worst it gets in Europe, ie: UK as well, is knives. That is bad enough, but, knives are not guns, especially like the ones in Charlottesville. The KKK doesn't need bombs because it has guns.

The UK incident I am referring to, involved a police officer and a car that pinned him and the attacker then stabbed him.

The UK police have become proficient in response to these LIMITED attacks.

8 June 2017
By Robert Mendick

Footage has emerged (click here) showing the London Bridge terrorists being shot dead by police.

The video shows the extraordinary speed of armed officers in killing the three jihadists, bringing an end to their rampage through Borough Market.

The footage begins with the trio - now identified as Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba - trying to gain entry to the Wheatsheaf pub at 10.15pm on Saturday night in the hunt for new victims....

It is difficult to get guns into Europe. Think about whom Americans are actually arming with liberal gun laws.

Blackwater is a Trump crony. There is little doubt Eric Prince will be left out of federal money.

If Blackwater is taking over in Afghanistan, they need to do it on their own and with contracts directly to the Afghanistan/Pakistan government. The USA should not be involved with this company. US government involvement provides too much permission for this company to be violent.

August 17, 2017
By Michael Collins

Life upended since Blackwater (click here)

Former Blackwater security guard Dustin Heard with his wife, Kelli, and two children, Hannah, 12, and Quinn, 6. Heard is serving a 30-year prison sentence for his role in a 2007 shooting at Nisour Square in Baghdad, Iraq. Fourteen Iraqi civilians were killed and 17 others wounded


Heard’s life has been upended since her husband, Dustin, 35, and three other Blackwater Worldwide security guards were accused of killing Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s Nisour Square on Sept. 16, 2007.

The government called it an ambush against innocent Iraqi civilians. The security guards called it self-defense against an insurgent attack....

"I remember the white car." Do you? Don't let anyone get in your way to shout STOP!


August 10, 2017
By Sudarsan Raghavan

An Iraqi looks at a burned-out car days after Blackwater guards opened fire in Baghdad, killing 14 unarmed civilians in a traffic circle on Sept. 16, 2007.

I remember the white car. (click here)

Last week, a U.S. appeals court threw out the murder conviction of a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard for his role in the deaths of 14 unarmed Iraqis in a Baghdad traffic circle nearly 10 years ago.

I was reporting in Baghdad that day — Sept. 16, 2007 — when the contractors opened fire. Most of the victims were in their vehicles at Nisoor Square, a busy, heavily guarded roundabout at the time.

Inside a white car was Mehasin Muhsin Kadhum, a 46-year-old doctor, and her 20-year-old son, Ahmed, who was driving. They were wrapping up errands that included picking up college applications for Kadhum’s daughter.

By then the Blackwater convoy had entered the circle, and Iraqi officers were trying to stop vehicles as Ahmed approached. A Blackwater guard fired, killing Ahmed. One traffic officer, Sarhan Thiab, told me:

“The bullet went through the windshield and split his head open. His mother was holding him, screaming for help.”...

When the Trump administration makes changes to countries with warring infrastructure it is about Wall Street.

May 20, 2016
By Manish Vaid and Sanjay Kar

The (click here) Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline has progressed, but its future remains uncertain. Four major events have marked TAPI's progress. First among these was its steering committee's unanimous endorsement of Turkmengaz as consortium leader of TAPI Pipeline Co. Ltd., in charge of building, financing, owning, and operating the pipeline, during the committee's 22nd meeting, in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (OGJ Online, Aug. 6, 2015). Shares in TAPI Pipeline Co. Ltd. are equally owned by Turkmengaz, Afghan Gas Enterprise, Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Ltd., and GAIL (India) Ltd....

Turkmenistan is not a democracy.

14 August 2017

Known for its autocratic government (click here) and large gas reserves, Turkmenistan also has a reputation as an island of stability in restive Central Asia.
Despite its gas wealth, much of Turkmenistan's population is still impoverished. After independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 the country entered a period of isolation that has only recently begun to end.
Turkmenistan produces roughly 70 billion cubic metres of natural gas each year and about two-thirds of its exports go to Russia's Gazprom gas monopoly.
The government has sought out gas deals with several other countries, including China and neighbouring Iran, however, to reduce its dependency on Russia.

Saudi Arabia has a 55% income tax on foreign companies within it's borders. Turkmenstan is trying to be autonomous to move away from Russia. In doing so it sacrifices the well being and quality of life of it's people. Why? Wall Street is greedy. Lower tax rates have little to do with contracts for oil and gas. REALIZE when the implosion of the gas industry in 2015-16 occurred they were wildly out of control when it comes to a prudent business mode. 

The oil and gas industry seeks to pump EVERYTHING out of the ground because it is stupid. They simply hunger for a cash flow as a commodity to keep it alive. It works out well for Wall Street investment. The oil and gas industry THRIVES on its value as liquidity and quick profit. There is nothing wholesome about the petroleum industry and taking advice from the Secretary of State Tillerson is equally as stupid.

I suggest countries such as Turkmenistan seek consultations from European governments in how to obtain and use taxes wisely. Please end the flagrantly stupid gas flow demands of the petroleum industry.

The multi-billion US dollar TAPI (click here) pipeline will transport natural gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan to Pakistan and to India. The 1,735-kilometer pipeline will run from the Dauletabad gas field in Turkmenistan to Afghanistan. Within Afghanistan TAPI will be constructed alongside the highway running south to Herat and then to Kandahar and onto Quetta and Multan in Pakistan. The final destination of the multi-nation pipeline will be the Indian town of Fazilka, in the Punjab near the Pakistan-India border.
The pipeline will be designed to carry 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Turkmen gas annually, and both Pakistan and India through state-owned companies would each purchase 42 % of that volume (13.8 bcm). Meanwhile, Afghanistan would purchase 16 % of that gas which would amount to 5.11 bcm. In addition, Afghanistan will be entitled to receive a transit fee for the use of its territory from each of the other TAPI buyers.

The pipeline is expected to be 1,420 millimeters (56 inches) in diameter and will have a working pressure of 100 standard atmospheres (10,000 kPa). The initial annual capacity will be 27 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas. Thereafter the capacity will be increased to 33 bcm.
The pipeline would run for nearly 1,735 kilometers , including 735 kilometers across Afghanistan and another 800 kilometers through Pakistan. Compressor stations would be constructed at different points of the pipeline....

The petroleum industry desperately needs engineers that understand climate to plug all the holes that leaks methane and other ghg.
According to Jim Cavanaugh, the bomb maker involved in the Barcelona attacks probably blew himself up before the three vans were filled with explosives.

Possibly, but, there were others involved in the attacks and vans could be used to carry more into the scene. I think the exact attack needs to be understood, but, the absent bomb maker is a viable scenario. 

The suicide belts were absent of explosives, too. The presence of the suicide belts also provides an advantage in the view by law enforcement. If the belt is hit by bullets they would possibly explode. There is a psychological advantage to those dynamics. 

If this was a botched attack it was still effective because of the delicate nature of the human body sitting on sidewalk cafes.

Barriers on ANY sidewalk cafe should be an international directive. The barriers can be decorative and still be effective. Artists will have ideas.

Barriers improve the survival rate of people targeted in any such attack. Lesser countries trying to build their economies don't put these measures into their plans. They should.


The USA does not have the highest tax rate in the world.

The United States (click here) has the third highest general top marginal corporate income tax rate in the world, at 38.92 percent. Due to the recent reduction in Chad’s corporate tax rate, the U.S. rate is exceeded only by the United Arab Emirates and Puerto Rico.

The worldwide average top corporate income tax rate, across 188 countries and tax jurisdictions, is 22.5 percent. After weighting by each jurisdiction’s GDP, the average rate is 29.5 percent.

By region, Europe has the lowest average corporate tax rate, at 18.88 percent (26.22 percent, weighted by GDP). The G7 has the highest simple average, at 30.21 percent.

Larger, more industrialized countries tend to have higher corporate income tax rates than developing countries.

The worldwide average corporate tax rate has declined since 2003 from 30 percent to 22.5 percent.

Every region in the world has seen a decline in its average corporate tax rate in the past thirteen years....

No company in the USA pays 38.92 tax rate. The effective tax rate below is not just federal taxes. There have been no significant federal tax changes since 2014. The same dynamic is paying out today.

February 25, 2015
By Matt Gardner

Goldman Sachs’s (click here) latest financial report shows that the company avoided paying federal income taxes on almost half its United States profits in 2014. In fact, the company paid an effective tax rate of just 18.6 percent on $6.8 billion in U.S. profits.

Most of Goldman's low tax rate (about half the statutory rate of 35 percent) can be attributed to a tax break that allows corporations to write off the so-called cost of issuing stock options to their executives in lieu of salaries. Goldman disclosed saving a whopping $782 million in income taxes through this break in 2014....

Excuse me, but, there is no cost that significant in providing stocks in lieu of salary. That is a good business model, however, the tax incentives are corrupt and covert. Read the rest of the above article to realize the level of corruption that exists out of sight of the American taxpayer.

...The stock option tax break allows corporations to give lavish compensation to employees in the form of undervalued stock and then take a tax write off for the difference between the stock option and its true value (e.g. give an employee stock at $10/per share stock for a stock ultimately valued at $18 per share). As we have noted, Goldman is just one of hundreds of Fortune 500 corporations benefiting from this scheme....

That is pure unadulterated corruption. It should be litigated as a fraud. Such litigation would result in fines, possible jail terms and additional federal tax. These are the cronies of the Republican Party, ie: Paulson.

Before there is corporate tax reform there needs to be litigation to obtain LEGITIMATE taxes into the federal treasury DEDICATED to pay the national debt; not deficit, NATIONAL DEBT.

 Hello, America.

As of September 2014, foreigners owned $6.06 trillion of U.S. debt, or approximately 47% of the debt held by the public of $12.8 trillion and 34% of the total debt of $17.8 trillion. The largest holders were China, Japan, Belgium, the Caribbean banking centers, and oil exporters.


Is the First Lady (click here) going to give the country a tour of the renovations to the West Wing?

As it stands now without carpet seems a bit dizzying. It is an oval office. 

It will be interesting to see what she has to say.

There seems to be a lot of renovations on the outside of the White House. Those are probably long overdue.
Trump's primary reason for campaigning is to prove to the GOP he has more power over the electorate than they do.

Congress needs to make their stand for the USA Constitution. 

Trump has been and always will be a power populous power player because his constituency knows nothing else.

The sooner Congress stands together the sooner it will change.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Barcelona terror attack is ongoing in a different methodology. Drivers now live through the attacks.

17 August 2017
By Andrew Griffin

Two armed men (click here) are holed up in a Barcelona restaurant after a terror attack there and may have taken hostages.

The men – who may not be those who drove a van into a huge crowd of people earlier, though are presumed to be linked to them – may be holding hostages inside the restaurant.

Police have said they are still searching for the man who was driving the van, which drove into one of the busiest squares in the city centre.

The Turkish restaurant at the centre of the situation is called Luna de Estambul, or The Istanbul Moon, El País reported. That is just around the corner from the Las Ramblas tourist spot where the attack happened....

The change in methodology when it comes to terror attacks probably brings more recruits with it. But, I didn't expect the militia response for hostages after this attack. It is different. Charlottesville was different, but, this is yet another criminal element to the attack. I think of hostages in places in the Middle East. But, considering the migration of middle east terrorists into Europe, it is not a surprise this is occurring.

There was a hostage taking in Australia a few years ago, too.

I want statues of Rachel Carson.

There should be one in Springdale, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania College for Women, a notable presence at John Hopkins University, University of Maryland and every office of US Fish and Wildlife where she conducted her earthshaking research that lead to "Silent Spring."

There needs to be a non-profit foundation built in her name to provide scholarships and environmental research.

I mean every word.

Thank you, Rabbi Lookstein.

Every measure of ethnic hate needs to be removed from the American landscape. This has been a horrible awakening to the reality of the depth of racism in the USA.

August 17, 2017
By Derek Hawkins

A head rabbi (click here) at Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s New York City synagogue denounced President Trump’s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, joining a chorus of political and religious leaders who say the president was wrong to blame “both sides” for the violence.

In a letter Wednesday to his congregation, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein wrote that his community had been “consumed” by the “frightening message and fallout” from the hate-fueled mayhem that left one woman dead and others injured last weekend.

“We are appalled by this resurgence of bigotry and antisemitism, and the renewed vigor of the neo-Nazis, KKK and alt-right,” read the letter, which was signed by Lookstein and two other rabbis. “While we always avoid politics, we are deeply troubled by the moral equivalency and equivocation President Trump has offered in his response to this act of violence.”

“We pray that our country heeds the voices of tolerance, and stays true to its vision of human rights and civil rights,” it read....

The country cannot ignore the rise of racism. It is now pervasive, including federal legislation. We tolerated a lot of the change as "elections have consequences." That was wrong. As soon as the whiff of racism was being realized it should have become part of the national dialogue.

David Duke's agenda is at the point where his followers felt safe enough to carry weapons into Charlottesville, Virginia. We lost a wonderful woman and two police officers and Duke didn't even blink.

The gun rights issue has to be included in this. The weapons on the street of the USA are at least or more powerful than what the average police carry. We are looking at SWAT teams being challenged by NUMBERS, not strength. The militarization of the USA has played to the racist agenda. I think the political agenda of ALEC is happenstance to the David Duke agenda, but, it certainly helped in arming the American street.

The agenda of mayors and states to remove racist statues and other symbols is correct and needed. A society values it's leaders through such infrastructure. We need to remove the heralding of the Civil War South. It is correct to do so. We have to stop passing along the legitimacy of slavery as part of the south's economy. These icons defended the enslavement of human beings. It has to be dealt with.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Viktor Yanukovych tried it too; only he disarmed the national military at the same time he deployed oligarch militias all over Ukraine. It didn't work then and it isn't going to work in the USA either. Honestly, Donald. A Russian strategy?

Any ideas of attacking innocent Americans to take over a city in the USA definitely WON'T WORK. Promise.

Ah, there are secessionists in the White House. I told you. Someone should get an invite into the office and/or his home to take pictures of Lee hanging on the wall.

Their wackos. They have their own reality and are sticking to it.It is like those religious nut cases that believe the Earth has existed for 8000 years. 
Go figure. They have created their own facts and are satisfied with that unreality.

Secessionist lawyers in the White House is a worry. A very big worry.

It appears the violence at Charlottesville, Virginia wasn't the first time. It was just the first time a woman was killed.

July 8, 2017

Charlottesville, Va. -- Authorities said 23 people (click here) were arrested during the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan rally and counter protest in Charlottesville's Justice Park Saturday afternoon.

Ahead of the rally, protesters gathered and Charlottesville Police estimated that more than 1,000 people attended the rally. Officials estimated that 50 members of the KKK attended.

The Loyal White Knights of the KKK, which is based in North Carolina, told WVIR they organized the rally to support Southern heritage.

"They're trying to erase our history, and it's not right what they're doing," Klansman Douglas Barker told the TV station....

These bubbas were building up a full head of steam to attack. They were practicing. They were measuring the police response. That is why the helicopter was in the air this time for the White Nationalists march.

I am sure there is an FBI file on each one of them by now.

David Duke has the absolutely wrong idea. It won't work. The Governors have control of the National Guard, not Trump. There would be a blood bath by the White Supremacists, a standoff and then assault by the National Guard. There is no surprise there.

The only worry is for the National Guard leadership to determine whom among their weekend warriors are White Supremacists on the other weekends they are home. Once that is determined there would be no chance for internal confusion or sabotage of the mission of the National Guard.

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, DAVID DUKE. JERK!

It over David Duke. Your Bubbas have caused the death of two police officers this past week when their helicopter crashed for an unknown reason. It is over. There is nothing to strategize. The National Guard under "W" was trained and in combat. These men and women are no one to mess with and if anyone of you morons thinks it will happen your way, the muscle between your ears is lacking. 
Ah, there are secessionists in the White House. I told you. Someone should get an invite into the office and/or his home to take pictures of Lee hanging on the wall.

Their wackos. They have their own reality and are sticking to it.

It is like those religious nut cases that believe the Earth has existed for 8000 years. 

Go figure. They have created their own facts and are satisfied with that unreality.

Secessionist lawyers in the White House is a worry. A very big worry. 

continued...

International viral news article; The Blue Dog Group.

...Dogs (click here) often wade into the Kasadi River in search of food, but thanks to the industrial waste that's been released into the water, the dogs emerged with a Smurf-like dye job in addition to any scraps they could fish out. 
When the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) investigated, the agency found that a private company was using blue dye in products such as detergents, and the waste from that process made its way into the river. Though the area around the company is cordoned off, "five to six dogs entered the site looking for food and got the blue color on them," Jayavant Hajare, a regional officer at the MPCB, told the Hindustan Times.
Nearly 1,000 pharmaceutical, food and engineering factories that are located in the area release their waste into that river. Testing done by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation found that the water is too polluted to support life, the newspaper reported.
So far, dogs seem to be the only animals affected by the blue dye. But animal rights activists said that other animals, including birds and reptiles, may also be affected.